The '''Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society''' was formed in London in 1887 to promote the exhibition of decorative arts
alongside fine arts. Its exhibitions, held annually at the New Gallery (London)|New Gallery
from 1888–90, and roughly every three years thereafter,
[Parry 1989, p. 12-13] [Crane, "Of the Arts and Crafts Movement"]
were important in the flowering of the British Arts and Crafts Movement
in the decades prior to World War I
The illustrator and designer Walter Crane
served as the founding president of the Society for its first three years.
Of its goals and purposes, he wrote:
Annual exhibitions were held at the New Gallery in 1888, 1889, and 1890, but the third exhibition failed to match the quality of the first two, and was a financial disaster.
[Parry 2005, p. 70] William Morris
succeeded Crane as president in 1891.,
and the Society thereafter chose to...